Today’s Headlines

  • … as the U.S. DOT chief kicks off a campaign to get more women involved in transport careers (Prog. RR’ing)
  • House GOP’s earmark moratorium could affect Minnesota’s transport projects over the long term (MinnPost)
  • High-speed rail advocates focus on a possible L.A.-Vegas-Phoenix link (Phoenix Biz Jrnl)
  • Chicago transit agencies spending nearly $1m per year on lobbying state government (Trib Blogs)
  • D.C. Metro transit officials warn that even with their $150m annual aid from Congress, they will be forced to limit capital spending to critical maintenance (DC Biz Jrnl)
  • Tampa navigates the tricky path of sustaining local support for new light rail (Creative Loafing)

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